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Omaha will host US Olympic curling trials in 2017


July 19th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Omaha has been chosen to host the U.S. Olympic curling trials before the 2018 winter games. The Omaha Sports Commission said Monday that the curling trials will be held at the 7,800-seat Baxter Arena from Nov. 12 to Nov. 19 of 2017. Omaha just finished hosting its third-straight Olympic swimming trials last month.

USA Curling CEO Rick Patzke says he was impressed by the professionalism of Omaha’s bid and the city’s commitment to make the trials successful. Omaha hasn’t hosted a major curling event before. The 2013 curling trials were held in Fargo, North Dakota.

Ortega, Perez and Cowart lead Salt Lake in win


July 19th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Rafael Ortega had four hits, while Carlos Perez and Kaleb Cowart recorded three apiece as the Salt Lake Bees topped the Iowa Cubs 12-7 on Monday. Ortega tripled twice and singled twice, scoring a pair of runs while also driving home a couple. Perez doubled and singled twice, driving in three runs and scoring a pair. Iowa tied the game 3-3 in the second after John Andreoli hit a two-run single and Munenori Kawasaki scored on a ground out.

The Bees took the lead with four runs in the fifth inning, including a triple by Ortega that scored Cowart. Geoff Broussard (2-2) got the win in relief while Miguel Mejia (1-1) took the loss. Dan Vogelbach homered and singled three times for the Cubs. Taylor Davis tripled and singled.

Also in Pacific Coast League Baseball…

Christian Binford allowed just four hits over six innings, leading the Omaha Storm Chasers over the Las Vegas 51s in a 2-1 win on Monday. Binford allowed one run while striking out three and walking one. Las Vegas got on the board first with a run in the third inning. After hitting a single with two outs, Brandon Nimmo scored on a double by Eric Campbell.

After tying the game in the fourth, the Storm Chasers took the lead for good in the seventh inning when Jorge Bonifacio scored on a ground out. Clayton Mortensen (3-2) got the win with two innings of scoreless, one-hit relief while Las Vegas starter Gabriel Ynoa (9-4) took the loss. Andrew Edwards retired the side in order for his third save of the season. Campbell doubled and singled for the 51s.

Former Cardinals exec sentenced to jail for hacking Astros


July 19th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

HOUSTON (AP) — The former scouting director of the St. Louis Cardinals has been sentenced to nearly four years in jail for hacking the Houston Astros’ player personnel database. Christopher Correa’s sentencing in Houston federal court Monday came after he pleaded guilty in January to five counts of unauthorized access of a protected computer. He was sentenced to 46 months behind bars and ordered to pay $279,038 in restitution.

Correa was the Cardinals’ director of baseball development until being fired last summer. The data breach was first reported in June 2014 when Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow told reporters the team had been the victim of hackers who accessed servers and published online months of internal trade talks. Luhnow had previously worked for the Cardinals.

Leake fans 11, walks 0 as Cardinals rout Padres 10-2


July 19th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Mike Leake had his second straight double-digit strikeout game with no walks, and St. Louis beat the San Diego Padres 10-2 on Monday night. Leake struck out 11 and allowed one run and six hits in six innings. He fanned 10 over seven innings in a victory at Milwaukee on July 10.

Leake has four career double-digit strikeouts games and is the first Cardinals pitcher with 10 or more in consecutive starts since Lance Lynn in 2012. Pinch-hitter Matt Adams’ two-run double keyed a four-run sixth inning for St. Louis. Christian Friedrich (4-6) gave up four runs — three earned — and six hits in 5 1/3 innings. Matt Kemp homered for the Padres.


State Softball Tournament at Ft. Dodge – Schedule: Tuesday, July 19th


July 18th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Class 5A Consolation Round

9:00-a.m. Cedar Rapids Prairie (26-15) vs. Davenport West (30-13) – Buena Vista University Field (BVU)

9:30-a.m. Indianola (32-10) vs. Fort Dodge (28-15) – Mittera Field

Class 2A Quarterfinals

11:00-a.m. Logan-Magnolia (32-2) vs. Central Springs (34-3) – BVU Field

11:30-a.m. North Union (32-4) vs. Iowa City Regina (26-17) – Mittera Field

Class 3A Quarterfinals – BVU Field

1:00-p.m. Davenport Assumption (39-4) vs. Atlantic (26-14)

3:00-p.m. Solon (32-9) vs. CMB (25-8)

5:00-p.m. Mt. Vernon (29-13) vs. Boyden Hull/Rock Valley (25-7)

7:00-p.m. Benton Community (40-2) vs. Estherville (19-15)

Class 4A Quarterfinals – Mittera Field

1:30-p.m. Carlisle (36-6) vs. Charles City (24-10)

3:30-p.m. Boone (26-9) vs. Bishop Heelan (26-10)

5:30-p.m. Fairfield (27-11) vs. Creston (24-11)

7:30-p.m. Oskaloosa (27-7) vs. Perry (24-12)

State Softball Scoreboard Monday 07/18/2016


July 18th, 2016 by Jim Field

Class 1A Quarterfinals

11:30 a.m. – Akron-Westfield 13, West Harrison 1 (4 innings)

1:30 p.m. –  Newell-Fonda 2, New London 1

3:30 p.m. – Martensdale-St. Marys 8, Charter Oak-Ute 0

5:30 p.m. – Kee 11, Belle Plaine 4

Class 5A Quarterfinals

11:00 a.m. – West Des Moines Valley 5, Cedar Rapids Prairie 0

1:00 p.m. – Pleasant Valley 9, Davenport West 0

3:00 p.m. – Urbandale 2, Indianola 0

5:00 p.m. – Johnston 6, Fort Dodge 2

Class 2A Quarterfinals

7:00 p.m. – BCLUW 2, Durant 1

7:30 p.m. – Van Meter 5, I-35 4

Two CAM Girls honored as Academic All-State by Iowa Association of Track Coaches


July 18th, 2016 by Chris Parks

Two members of the CAM Girls Track team were honored as 2016 Academic All-State Members by the Iowa Association of Track Coaches, Lindsey Dinkla and Mackenzie Cross.

Honorees must meet a set of four criteria to earn the honor. They must be a senior, must be a state qualifier, have a 28 or higher ACT, and 3.8 or higher Grade Point Average.

Dinkla qualified for State in the 400m Hurdles and 4x800m Relay.  Cross qualified as a member of the 4x800m Relay team as well.

(Podcast) KJAN Morning Sports report, 7/18/2016

Podcasts, Sports

July 18th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The 7:20-a.m. Sportscast w/Jim Field.


Suzuki gets 3 hits, up to 2,994 as Marlins beat Cardinals


July 17th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Ichiro Suzuki doubled, singled twice and had another hit taken away on a replay challenge, leaving him six shy of 3,000 in the Miami Marlins’ 6-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday. The 42-year-old Suzuki made just his second start this month with All-Star Marcell Ozuna getting a day off. He’s been largely reduced to pinch hitting behind a set outfield, and singled in that role on Friday.

Suzuki also walked, scored a run and came up just short on his bid to beat out an infield hit. All of that in wilting, 93-degree heat for a player who’d been 3 for 11 in July. Giancarlo Stanton’s second double of the game drove in the go-ahead run in a two-run seventh against Jonathan Broxton (1-2). Christian Yelich had two hits and three RBIs as Miami took two of three for just its second series win the last seven years in St. Louis.

Kyle Barraclough (5-2) won in relief and A.J. Ramos earned his 29th save in 30 chances.

State Softball Championships set to begin Monday, in Ft. Dodge


July 17th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Quarterfinal Schedule for area teams:

Monday, July 18th

Class 1A

11:30-a.m. Akron-Westfield vs. West Harrison

3:30-p.m. Martensdale/St. Marys vs. Charter Oak-Ute

Tuesday, July 19th

Class 2A

11:00-a.m. Logan-Magnolia vs. Central Springs

Class 3A

1:00-p.m. Davenport/Assumption vs. Atlantic

Class 4A

3:30-p.m. Boone vs. Bishop Heelan

5:30-p.m. Fairfield vs. Creston